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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ The state of Illinois and local governments saw tax revenue from video gambling more than double last year.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers (http://bit.ly/15JcgvG ) reports the state made nearly $165 million in 2014 from video gambling, up from roughly $75 million in 2013. Municipalities got nearly $33 million, an increase from $15 million.

As of December, there were more than 19,000 video gambling machines at bars, truck stops and fraternal organizations across the state. The first machines went live in September 2012.

The Illinois Gaming Board says revenue from casinos fell nearly $87 million in 2014 from a year earlier. The head of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association blamed the decline on the spread of video gambling machines.

The machines are banned in 175 municipalities, down from 200 a year earlier.

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